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[noo-bee, nyoo‐]
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  1. a newcomer or novice, especially an inexperienced user of the Internet or of computers in general.
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Origin of newbie

1965–70, Americanism; perhaps newb(orn) + -ie
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Related Words for newbie

novice, rookie, beginner, tyro, initiate, recruit, colt, cub, fledgling, greenhorn, neophyte, trainee, tenderfoot, dilettante, freshman, amateur

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  1. slang a newcomer, esp in computing or on the internet
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Word Origin for newbie

C20: origin unknown; possibly from new boy
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Word Origin and History for newbie


"newcomer, new person to an existing situation," by 1969, from new with diminutive or derogatory suffix. Perhaps originally U.S. military slang. Cf. noob. Middle English had newing "a new thing" (early 15c.); new was used as a noun meaning "naval cadet during first training on a ship" (1909); and newie "new thing" is recorded from 1947.

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